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Cyber Security for Summer Vacations

Whether you are out exploring or relaxing on vacation this summer, it is important to remain vigilant about security with your digital devices and personal information. Unfortunately, travel can expose you to exponential points of vulnerability, but by following some smart practices, you can connect with confidence during your summer travels.

Getting Ready to Go:

Avoid mayhem and make magical family memories by taking a few simple cyber safety steps before you head out of town.

  • Keep a clean machine – Before you hit the road, make sure all security and critical software is up-to date on your mobile devices and keep them updated during travel. These protections are your best line of defense against viruses and malware.
  • Lock down your login: Your username and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like those you use for email, banking, and social media. Fortify your online security be turning on multi-factor authentication, commonly referred to as two-factor authentication, where available. This typically pairs your username and password (i.e., something you already know) with a message sent to your phone (i.e., something you have) or your fingerprint (i.e., something no one else can replicate).
  • Password protect: Use a passcode or security feature like a finger swipe pattern or fingerprint to lock your mobile device. Also, set your screen to lock after a short period of time by default. If you do not choose to use a finger swipe, make sure it uses at least one turn (preferably two) and that a pin code has at least six numbers.
  • Think before you use that app: New apps are tempting! It is important to always download new apps from only trusted sources like the Apple App Store or the Google Playstore. Additionally, consider limiting your apps’ access to services on your device, like location services.
  • Own your online presence: Set the privacy and security setting on social media accounts, web services, and devices. It is okay to limit how and with whom you share information – especially when you are away.

Armed with these tips and best practices, it will be easier to enjoy a fun and cyber safe vacation this summer!